Meet Our Coaches

CrossFit Kilter’s coaching staff is made up of certified athletes who have chosen to help our members reach their individual fitness goals.

Carissa

Owner/Coach

I started CrossFit in 2017 and became the owner of Kilter in 2018.

CrossFit is a life changing sport that anyone can be successful at. My goals are to become the strongest athlete that I can be while also leading my athletes to a place of injury-free, personal peak performance.

We are physically capable of so much more than we think, and CrossFit is an incredible tool to prove this to ourselves.

Brandon

Coach

I started doing CrossFit at CrossFit Kilter in 2016 and have called it home ever since. I fell in love with the community, the methodology, and the results which quickly had me “all in.” I started coaching classes in 2017 and have been active in coaching ever since. In July of 2021, I took over the role of head coach and programmer here at CrossFit Kilter. I thoroughly enjoy adapting and creating workouts week in and week out to deliver to our members. My main goal as a programmer is to develop workouts that are challenging, fun, and diverse for any person who walks through our door, no matter what skill level or experience they may have. As a coach, I like to bring the intensity/fun level up, and make sure that the class is getting the best hour of fitness that they can pay for! If you did not leave a class of mine without getting coached, cracking a smile, and feeling satisfied, then I did not do my job!

I have spent many years competing in the sport of CrossFit at a local level, and also enjoy many other forms of fitness such as Olympic lifting, bodybuilding, running, and powerlifting to name a few.

Outside of CrossFit, I am a firefighter/paramedic for a department in the south Lake County area, and have been in that field for 15 years. I have enjoyed doing many things in the realm of fire service over the years, including being a training instructor for both fire and EMS, CPR instructor, fitness instructor, fire inspector and investigator, and a member of our public education division.

At home in Libertyville, I have an incredible life with my girlfriend, our two kids, and our two dogs. We enjoy traveling, family time, fitness, and we keep busy with our social life!

If I had any advice for someone who is considering trying CrossFit it would be: The people who you see on TV doing CrossFit are the 1% of what CrossFit actually is. Inside the walls of every CrossFit gym around the world are a bunch of normal people like you and me, looking to improve their general health and wellness for an hour a day. Once you come for one class, you will quickly realize what an amazing community CrossFit builds. You will come for a workout, and leave with lifelong friends, and a second family you might never have realized you needed!

JJ

Coach

I started at CrossFit Kilter in 2014, but had been doing CrossFit-style workouts since 2013. I have been coaching CrossFit for a little over 6 years, Since October of 2015. Outside of CrossFit I am an IT Operations/Project Manager. 

My personal fitness related goals have recently changed, focusing more on sustaining health and strength over time. I’m currently in a transition phase from being a more competitive athlete to one who is more focused on injury prevention and longevity. It’s been more mentally challenging than physically to adjust, as I have always set high expectations for myself as an athlete. I will always find ways to push intensity, but now it’s more of understanding when and how often.

My goal as a CrossFit coach is to provide a safe, comfortable, and motivating environment for all member athletes to exceed their fitness goals and confidence, both inside the gym and out.

It is such a pleasure to be a CrossFit coach at Kilter. The ability to lead, motivate, and watch members learn, grow, adapt, build strength, and improve their overall lives is something you really can’t find anywhere else. CrossFit and the community around it is so much more than just the competitions and the things you see in the media. Each member’s fitness goals are different from another’s. In any given class, you may have people who are trying to PR their Olympic lifts, people recovering from injuries, and people who are trying to get over the fear of jumping on a box. So listening and catering workouts to their goals is something I enjoy the most.

Walt

Coach

I have been “enjoying” the benefits of CrossFit since about 2006. I have been coaching CrossFit since about 2011. Outside of CrossFit, I have been a police officer for 37 years. I am currently the Chief of Police for the Bannockburn Police Department.

My personal goal is to live a long and FIT life. I want to be able to travel all over the world after I retire. As a coach, my ultimate gratification is to have an athlete tell me that I have helped them or that they really learned something from my coaching. I love to see athletes improve their technique, their form, and their fitness level.

Charla

Coach

I started CrossFit in January of 2017 here at Kilter and began coaching in October of 2021. Outside of CrossFit, I am a certified Physician Assistant, but currently spend my time as a significantly underpaid SAHM.

The goals I have for our members and myself are the same: technique, technique, technique! It keeps us safe and injury-free. It lets us lift heavy faster. It allows us to stand out at competitions and makes dropping in at other gyms a breeze. I want all of our members to feel welcome and I want everyone to have a great time. Finding CrossFit after the age of 40 has had it’s challenges, but it is proof that CrossFit is for everyone! As a coach, I aim to inspire older athletes making Kilter an amazing experience whether you are 22 or 72.

Joe

Coach

I have been a CrossFit athlete since about 2016. I started coaching in 2021. Outside of CrossFit, I work for Vitamix, selling the world’s best and most reliable blending equipment.

My goals for myself are the same for our members. I want to push you to be comfortable being uncomfortable and pushing the limit. I want each and every member to maximize their true athletic potential and help them compete with themselves daily to be the best they can be.

 

Chris

Coach

I have been doing CrossFit since about 2010. I have been coaching since 2021. Outside of CrossFit, I have worked in community relations for a local town for the past 13 years.

Goals for myself are to be consistent and healthy – to continue to improve myself for my job and my quality of life.  Skills I want to achieve are handstand walks and pistols. My goals for the members are to have fun and enjoy coming to the gym.  I want to help members improve their skills and challenge themselves to push hard/harder as well as learn new skills.

Anna

Coach

I shifted my workout routine to CrossFit so I could focus on what my body can do, rather than only how my body looks, and it’s been a blast! The camaraderie, encouragement, challenge, and coaching at CrossFit Kilter has kept me coming back.

I love learning and teaching. My main job is developing students and music worship teams at The Chapel, so I am excited to add the role of CrossFit coaching to my weekly rhythm as another way to keep learning and help others. My goal for all members at Kilter is to help them enjoy fitness, be safe, and to see that we are all capable of doing hard things!

Taya

Coach

As a former Division I tennis athlete, I transitioned seamlessly into the world of CrossFit after graduating from college in 2018. Captivated by the inclusive and supportive community, I discovered a new passion beyond the tennis court.

As a dedicated coach, my primary goal is to guide athletes toward finding joy in every aspect of their fitness journey – from the camaraderie of the community to the beauty of movement and the empowerment of strength.

With a unique perspective rooted in collegiate athletics, I bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to my coaching, creating an environment where every athlete can thrive and relish in the transformative power of CrossFit.

Ann

Coach

I’m Ann. I started at Kilter in 2021 because of the 9:30 kid care and was embraced by the community and their kindness.

Before Kilter, I worked 21 years as a Chicago police officer, mostly in the Education and Training Division, where we trained control tactics and physical fitness – including CrossFit. When I retired, I was lost, but found myself at Kilter.

As a busy Mom of 4 it can be difficult to make time for yourself, but relying on community and the wonderful people in the kids room, I was able to achieve my fitness goals. In November, I got my Level 2 CrossFit certification and started coaching. It has been an amazing experience and I have felt the support of my friends and this community. I have found that exercise and community are like really good therapy. You can work it all out in class and there are people who genuinely want you to succeed in all areas of life. I hope to support CrossFit athletes as a coach the way Kilter’s coaches and community has supported me.